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People Don’t Quit A Job. They Fire Their Boss!

People Don’t Quit A Job. They Fire Their Boss!

U.S. employers added a healthy 236,000 jobs in March, slightly fewer than the monthly numbers during the previous two years, leaving unemployment little changed at 3.5 percent.

This indicates employers’ demand for workers is only just now starting to ease in some sectors such as construction amid an overall strong labor market in most areas.

Many employers have struggled to fill jobs and are still hiring. Many more companies are doing their best to keep the workers they have, even as business starts to slow.

What should employers do to keep their current people? The biggest issue is managers. People don’t just quit a job. They fire their boss, who is often their direct manager.

Few things have a bigger impact on employee engagement, productivity, and overall happiness at work than one’s direct manager.

In fact, the 2018 PI People Management Survey found that bad managers are self-centered and not self-aware. The survey asked people to rate their managers on a scale from 1-10 on a list of 105 traits. Bad bosses tend to put themselves in front of others, and aren’t open or interested in feedback, among other less-than-ideal leadership qualities. Here are the 20 most common traits of the terrible bosses.

58% Doesn’t communicate clear expectations

57% Plays favorites

55% Doesn’t show concern for my career & personal development

54% Badmouths people behind their backs

54% Isn’t open or interested in feedback

52% Wants to prove himself/herself right

51% Isn’t self-aware

51% Betrays my or others’ trust

50% Doesn’t listen to others

48% Puts her/his needs in front of my needs

48% Is a poor verbal communicator

47% Doesn’t advocate for me

47% Doesn’t set clear expectations for me

46% Doesn’t recognize my good work and efforts

45% Intimidates others

43% Is impatient

43% Is abrasive

42% Is reactive

40% Doesn’t follow through on commitments

39% Is easily threatened

Companies need to be proactive in helping develop their leaders at all levels, including future managers who do not yet have direct reports. Business Results helps clients throughout North America teach managers how to improve performance, productivity, and engagement through a series of workshops, coaching engagements, and other learning initiatives customized to your needs. Contact us today!